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Hello everyone,


After reading many of the informative threads posted here, I've decided that I may want to ask advice or share my exploits one day, so I've joined up! Seems a great place to get great information.


Attempting to make my own bacon has become somewhat of a project for me this summer. I'm still in the planning stages at the moment, but am gathering my supplies to give it a go. As I'm in transition, at home for the summer but moving to an apartment in Austin when school recommences, I have no equipment suited for this project. While there is a large iron smoker, which I've used to do brisket and ribs in the past, I am creating a DIY-type cold smoking rig along the lines of Alton Brown's hotplate/wood chips setup. I am planning on placing the hotplate on the far side of the main deck of the smoker, and the food material in the upright cabinet on the other side, possibly with some ice (it being Texas summer). 


Anyway, that's my story. If it goes well, I may move on to lox, cheese, olives, spices, and, well, the list seems endless. I even saw someone who smoked ice cubes in a tray for use in future cocktails!

post #2 of 5

Hiya Macrolizard and welcome, have fun, there's lots of friendly, helpful guys on here to help out.



post #3 of 5

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


post #4 of 5
Hello and welcome to SMF! Glad you joined us. This is a great place to share ideas on our favorite pastimes...smoking and grilling great food! There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another. Any time you need help, just ask and you'll get plenty!

post #5 of 5

welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 


You should sign up for Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, and it's great!  This is chock full of great information....no matter what your experience level might be!


If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff in Rule #11. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!


If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!



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